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The Trouble with Television

2 May 2012

Despite the advent of online broadcasting, the UK population still spends on average over four hours daily in front of the box, so talk of the demise of television is clearly premature. John Cussans chairs this discussion panel, which aims to shed light on how contemporary conditions of the spectacle create an understanding of identity and shape it, and how more self-determined TV experience may change it. The panel will address questions such as how TV relates to mass manipulation, globalisation, consumption, and the creation of desire.

John Cussans is an artist, writer and educator. His practice combines video and image making, critical and creative writing and alternative arts pedagogy. He is co-founder of The Bughouse, an arts project inspired by the works of Philip K Dick, and The Free School in A New Dark Age, an educational arts initiative. At the 2009 Ghetto Biennale in Haiti, he began an on-going collaboration with artists collective Ti Moun Rezistans. Cussans is currently working on a new book project, Undead Uprising. 

The panel includes Jacques Peretti, a Guardian writer and documentary television presenter and producer with a reputation for doggedly tracking down the hidden truth in matters of media interest, such as Wikileaks or Amy Winehouse’s death. Jacques’ exposé of the art world in Channel 4’s The Art Show involved collaboration with figures from artist David Shrigley to director Richard Linklater.

*NEW SPEAKER*

Owing to illness, Charlotte Brunsdon will not be able to join us, but we're delighted to announce that Christine Garaghty will be a guest panelist, alongside Jacques Peretti.

Christine is Emeritus Professor of Film and Television at the University of Glasgow. She has worked at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and has published extensively on film and television with a particular interest in fiction and form.

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